Re: Prospect Justin Reed (cf)
Justin Reed seems to be adjusting nicely to life as a professional baseball player. For one thing, he no longer needs an alarm clock.
The former Hillcrest Christian star, a fourth-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds last month, hops up around the break of dawn each morning to start his day with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Reds in Sarasota, Fla.
Reed said his day begins with a team breakfast about 7 a.m. followed by a light workout from 8:30 to 10 and a game at noon.
"After the first week or so, my body got used to waking up early," Reed said. "I look forward to playing and getting better every day."
Through 21 games, the 18-year-old Reed was hitting .250 with four triples and 12 RBIs. He also had stolen four bases in six attempts.
"I'm hitting the ball good. I can't complain about anything," he said. "The atmosphere here is fun. There are a lot of young guys like me in the league, but there's some older Latin guys, too.
"There's some Venezuelans and Dominicans who throw really hard, and they're not always throwing strikes. As a batter, it's more challenging. I see 90-plus (mph pitches) everyday, from both sides."
Reed, who's playing center field, started the season batting leadoff but was moved to second and then to the No. 3 spot.
"They wanted to give me a chance to drive in runs, and I've been doing that," he said.
Reed said he's been told the organization is pleased with how he's adapted so far. He said he's picking up valuable tips from manager Luis Aguayo and coach Aaron Holbert, both ex-big leaguers.
His immediate goals are to keep polishing his hitting and outfield skills and try to make a full-season Class A team next spring.
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